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  • May 20th, 2008

    Red Sox 7, Royals 0:
    Holy Buckets! A No-Hitter!!!

    Posted by Christine E. at 12:31 pm in Baseball,Random Thoughts,Red Sox No Comments

    WOW–4 of them have happened in recent memory for the Sox–and this is the 1st one I actually saw–and it was certainly worth the wait…

    I was doing stuff around the house, and I checked the score in the 5th inning, and saw Lester has a no hitter going, but I wasn’t too excited about it–Heck, Tim Wakefield has taken no-hitters to the 5th–and then get lit up in the 6th…

    But when I checked back in the bottom of the 8th and saw what was going on…WOW…I was so nervous for him pitching the 9th, and his pitch count growing higher and higher (130 in all–86 for strikes–probably cannot lift his arm today…) and then he struck that last guy out, and all was well…and it got a bit dusty in my living room…I swear, there is NO way I could have sat there for more than an inning or two..I would have been doing shots of whiskey if it went on any longer.

    All told, Jon Lester’s line: 9 IP (Also his 1st complete game in his career) no runs on no hits, while striking out 9 and walking 2…He is the 1st lefty to throw a no-hitter at Fenway since Mel Parnell did it–in 1956…Oh, and the 1 error the Sox had last night? Was Jon Lester’s–got it off a pickoff throw…

    And not only did Jon Lester make history last night, Jason Varitek did as well. Jon Lester’s no-hitter was the FOURTH he has caught (Hideo Nomo in 01, Derek Lowe in 03 and Clay Buchholz’s last September.) He is now tied for the record with Ray Schalk of the White Sox….From ‘Tek: “I’m very fortunate. It’s so exciting to be part of one as a catcher. Each one’s so different. The work that Jonny Lester’s had to do, to be able to be part of something like that with him is totally different.” He also had no clue until the 8th inning that there as even a no-hitter going on: “I looked up after the seventh and saw that he was around 100 pitches (97) and I was like, ‘He did his job,’ And then I glanced in the bullpen and saw nobody warming up and I said, ‘That’s kind of weird.’ I looked back (at the scoreboard) and said, ‘Uh-oh!’ ”

    And I thought it was hysterical that Tito sent Alex Cora in as a defensive replacement for shortstop in the 9th inning….and here is what Lugo had to say about it: “I’m an employee. Alex hadn’t played for a while, and I think they wanted him back in the regular rhythm of games.” Yeah, OK, Keep believing THAT Julio….

    Tonight: Not sure how they can top last night’s festivities, but Justin Masterson takes the ball for his 2nd start in the bigs (we all know what happen to Clay Buchholz on HIS 2nd start–I’m not sayin…) He is opposed by Royals starter Gil(ga) Meche… 1st picth 7:05pm

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